DEVOTION: “Whenever they are attending to the Enemy Himself we are defeated, but there are ways of preventing them from doing so. The simplest is to turn their gaze away from Him towards themselves. Keep them watching their own minds and trying to produce feelings there by the action of their own wills.” (Pg 70)
An excerpt from Lewis’ classic book “The Screwtape Letters.” If you’re not familiar with the book, Lewis wrote in the character of a demonic master tempter named Screwtape advising a younger demon, Wormwood, who is in charge of tempting a particular human being, and so the reader is expected to do some translating (such as “the Enemy” meaning God) to benefit from this insightful examination of how our souls function.
The simplest way to turn our attention away from God is to turn our attention towards ourself.
What a statement. What an incredibly true statement. Our love of self blocks out our love of everything else.
Our prayer needs to focus on Jesus, His goodness and His victory in it all so that we can remove ourselves from the equation and let Him be the focus, all the time.
Die to self.
That’s when we can truly see Him in it all. Truly begin to have our hearts broken for what breaks His.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20
Let my be His will. Let my thoughts be His thoughts. Let my desires be His desires.
This is the prayer today. When we speak on prayer, this is the prayer. This is the hope.
Today. Recommit it all to Him. Let this verse in Galatians speak to your soul….